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John Kirkaldy

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1885. Condensers onboard the SS Calabria.
1886. Compactum feed water heaters.
January 1888.
December 1889.
June 1898.
August 1899.
1919. Refrigeration machines and cold storage plants.

John Kirkaldy Ltd, of 40 West India Dock Road, London (1871), works at Burnt Hill, Essex, Government contractors and engineers.

of 101 Leadenhall Street, London. (1919). [1]

previously John Kirkaldy and Sons

1880 John Kirkaldy (1853-1920) became a partner in his father's firm - John Kirkaldy and Sons

1883 Exhibited anti-fouling composition for ships - see John Kirkaldy and Son

1884 Introduced marine feed water heaters

1886 Dissolution of the partnership between John Kirkaldy, Thomas Kirkaldy, and James Kirkaldy, at West India Dock-road, Limehouse, and the Engine Works, Royal Albert Dock, and elsewhere, as Marine Engineers, Manufacturers of Fresh Water Distilling Plant, Feed Water Heaters, and Condensers, also as Boilermakers, Iron and Brass Founders, Ship Repairers, Coppersmiths, Tin and Iron Plate Workers, Blacksmiths, and Wholesale and Export Ironmongers, under the style of John Kirkaldy.[2]

1887 John Kirkaldy (1853-1920) took on his father's firm which was incorporated as a limited company: John Kirkaldy Ltd.

1887 Equipment for water distillation for 2 Italian steamers

1888 Glasgow Exhibition. Showed feed heaters and his 'Compactum'. [3]

1894 Compact Evaporator and Distiller. Article and illustration. [4]

By 1905 has fitted distillation plant to over 250 vessels in the Royal Navy and to other ships

1920 Manufacturers of " Ace ” Marine Motors

1922 Mechanical Engineers. Managing Director: David Urquhart. Directors: Arnold Trinder and David Henderson. Secretary: E. J. Corpe. Manufacturer of evaporating and distilling machinery, feed heaters, condensers, pumps, evaporators, etc.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. See 1919 advert
  2. London Gazette 23 Oct 1888
  3. The Engineer of 11th May 1888 p377
  4. The Engineer of 26th October 1894 p369
  • Civil engineer records